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Both Sides Holding Firm Between Samuel and Pats

SameulWith both sides holding firm, it now appears that corner Asante Samuel and the Patriots will not get a long-term deal done by today’s 4pm deadline. The Boston Globe is reporting today that the Pats have not increased their offer to Samuel, and that the corner and his agent are not backing down from wanting a large long-term deal. “We’re still working, the deadline hasn’t got here yet,” Alonzo Shavers, Samuel’s agent said to the Globe. “We’ve been in conversations.”

Samuel sits with one of two options about his deal. He can sign the one-year franchise tender and play this season for $7.79 million, or he can sit out until week 10, then play the last six games. Playing those last six games would give him a credited season toward his pension. It also would set him up for becoming a free agent in 2008.

Last year the Pats were in a similar situation with Branch, who after not signing a deal was shipped to the Seahawks. Sure enough the Pats didn’t miss a beat, and have reloaded the wide out spot for 2007 to the point where Branch is an afterthought. The same would happen here if Samuel continues his stance to play hardball and decide he is not going to play. At that point I would not be surprised to see the Pats work hard to get a deal to move Samuel. There was rumors of the Jets having interest sometime ago, but the Pats making a trade with a division rival would be tough.


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